Prasad to head 1.2 lakh strong J&K Police force from June 1

Prasad to head 1.2 lakh strong J&K Police force from June 1

28 May 2012
The Daily Excelsior
Sanjeev Pargal

Jammu: The State Cabinet was expected to formally approve the appointment of Ashok Prasad, Additional Director of Intelligence Bureau, Jammu and Kashmir, an IPS officer of 1979 batch from Andhra Pradesh cadre as new Director General of Police (DGP) of J&K in place of Kuldeep Khoda, who is retiring on May 31. The State Cabinet, which is meeting at Karnah on the Line of Control (LoC) on May 30, would approve the proposal for appointment of Mr Prasad, who had earlier also served as Deputy Director of Intelligence Bureau in Srinagar when the militancy was at its peak. Authoritative sources told the Excelsior that Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has agreed to the proposal of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for posting Mr Prasad as new DGP of the State in place of Mr Khoda, who is relinquishing office after serving as the State police chief for about five years. Mr Prasad, who met Home Minister P Chidambaram and other Senior MHA officers in New Delhi today, has his services till January 2016. Sources said the Home Department held by the Chief Minister himself would prepare a memo for formal approval from the Cabinet for appointment of Mr Prasad as the DGP on May 30. They added that Mr Abdullah has shared the MHA proposal with his senior Cabinet colleagues and they have given their nod to it. The Cabinet would finally approve the proposal after which the State Government would issue an order appointing Mr Prasad as new DGP of the State on May 30 itself. The new DGP would take charge as the State police chief on June 1 from Mr Khoda in Srinagar, the summer capital of the State. Mr Prasad already has his headquarters in Srinagar as Additional Director of Intelligence Bureau in Jammu and Kashmir. His posting as Deputy Director in Intelligence Bureau was also in Srinagar. He would have the distinction of heading second largest police force of 1.2 lakh in the country. Only Uttar Pradesh, the most populous State in India, has the police force higher than Jammu and Kashmir. J&K had recently left behind Punjab in the numbers. The State has 87,000 regular police personnel and 33,000 Special Police Officers (SPOs). Sources said Mr Prasad enjoyed distinguished career in the Intelligence Bureau and was instrumental in playing a major role during his previous as well as present stint in the Intelligence agency for using his office to maintain peace in the State. The IB has played a very significant role by maintaining close co-ordination with State's Intelligence agencies, para-military forces and the MHA officials in New Delhi. Sources added that being head of the Intelligence Bureau in J&K, Mr Prasad has already developed a good rapport with top brass of the Government and officials of civil and police administration. The MHA had on April 22 submitted a panel of three senior IPS officers to the J&K Government for consideration for the post of DGP on the retirement of Mr Khoda on May 31. Two other names in the panel included Arun Chowdhary, a 1977 batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre and PM Nair, a 1978 batch IPS officer of the same cadre. Mr Chowdhary was presently posted as Special Director General of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Incharge Airports Security. He had also served in Jammu and Kashmir as Deputy Director and Joint Director of Intelligence Bureau. Mr Nair, Special Director General (Operations) of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), having headquarters at New Delhi, had also served in the State as IG CRPF Jammu in 2005-2006. Last year, Mr Nair had been nominated for his appointment as DGP in Naxalite infested Jharkhand but was dropped at the eleventh hour. Sources said the Additional Directors of Intelligence Bureau are equivalent to the rank of DGPs of the States and, therefore, qualified for heading the post of State police chiefs. Mr Khoda was 1974 batch IPS officer of Jammu and Kashmir cadre while Mr Prasad is 1977 batch IPS officer of Bihar cadre. After Mr Khoda, two senior most IPS officers in Jammu and Kashmir were that of 1984 batch. They included K Rajendera, Additional DGP Law and Order and Armed and Pitambar Lal Gupta, Vigilance Commissioner. Mr Rajendera has services till 2016 and Mr Gupta till 2015. Mr Prasad also has services till January 2016. After Mr Rajendera and Mr Gupta, there were three IPS officers of 1985 batch in Jammu and Kashmir cadre. They are-Ram Lubaya, Additional DG Security, SK Mishra, who was presently on deputation with the Border Security Force (BSF) and S Gopal Reddy, who was on deputation to Andhra Pradesh. All of them were in the rank of Additional DGPs. Mr Lubaya is due to retire next year while Mr Reddy has services till 2016 and Mr Mishra till 2019. Three remaining Additional DGPs in Jammu and Kashmir are from 1986 batch from J&K cadre including Dr Shesh Pal Vaid, Additional DGP Headquarters, Ms D R Doley, Additional DGP Home Guards and Civil Defence and Naveen Aggarwal, Additional DG Prisons Department. Dr Vaid has services till 2019 while Ms Doley and Mr Aggarwal have services till 2021.